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3 Not-to-be-Missed Tourist Activities in Costa Rica

Posted on March 29th, 2014 by Dusty Fox in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Costa Rica makes a perfect destination for nearly any traveler. Whether you’re looking for remote rainforest wilderness, a bustling beach town, or a thriving capital city full of museums and markets, this Central American country delivers. And when it comes to activities, there is something for everyone. Adrenaline seekers, beach loungers, and nature lovers will find everything they could ask for in a vacation in Costa Rica. If you’re thinking about planning your trip–as if you needed to be convinced!–make sure you take a look at these 3 unique tourist activities that are not to be missed in the tropical paradise that is Costa Rica.

Watch turtles nesting in Tortuguero.
Tortuguero is a protected turtle nesting zone located on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean Coast. It can only be reached by boat, which just adds to the allure of this small town. There are no vehicles, no paved roads, and a generally slower-paced, more enjoyable vibe to this unassuming town. Schedule a night walk along the beach where your only light is provided by the moon, and, if you’re lucky, you may spot a mother turtle making a nest and laying her eggs. This is a remote corner of Costa Rica and you won’t find much English here, so make sure your Spanish is in good shape before embarking on this unforgettable journey.


Peer inside a volcano’s crater in the Central Valley.
Costa Rica is full of volcanos, which can lead to some pretty incredible scenery. Even as you arrive in San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport, you’ll notice that mountains and volcanoes create a dramatic scene all around the Central Valley. You have your pick of volcanoes to visit, all within easy driving distance of the capital. Several in the surrounding area have been declared parks and make for excellent day trips. If you prefer to drive your way almost to the top, choose Volcan Poas. If you’d rather walk some well manicured trails, admiring the vegetation along the way, you’ll want to visit Volcan Irazu.



Climb trees on the Pacific Coast.
Recreational tree climbing may be one of the most unique tours in Costa Rica. If you’re up for a physical challenge that rewards you with some incredible views at 80 feet or more off the ground, you’ll want to give the folks at Upventures a call. With monkey and scarlet macaw viewings quite common, this may be your best bet at getting side by side with local wildlife. Even better, join them for a tree camping expedition–this is one of only a few places in the world where a tour like this is offered.

Turtle tours, volcano viewing, and tree climbing are just three of the many exciting activities a traveler can seek in Costa Rica. Whether it’s your first time traveling to Latin America or you have many such trips under your belt, Costa Rica will win you over with its natural beauty and charm. If you’re ready to schedule your trip, we encourage you to contact us first to learn more about the Spanish learning opportunities we offer near you. Happy travels!

Top 4 Hostels Worth Visiting in Argentina

Posted on March 15th, 2014 by Dusty Fox in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Argentina is known for its legendary steakhouse meals, growing wine scene, and stunning natural landscapes. It’s also known for being one of the more pricey tourist destinations in South America. If you’re looking to save a few dollars during your Argentinean vacation, staying in hostels is a great way to do it. Here are four hostels, in four different Argentinean cities, that will ensure you get a good night’s rest while sticking to budget:


Portal del Sur in Buenos Aires
The Portal del Sur is located in a charming old building right in the middle of all the action in Buenos Aires. It comes with plenty of standard perks, such as free breakfast, wifi, and a computer room, but the best feature is the rooftop terrace. Guests congregate at the bar for the views and the company, plus to try some traditional Argentinean BBQ for themselves. The hostel even offers free tango lessons, spanish tours, mate tastings, and walking tours of the city. It is a true gem in the hostel scene of Buenos Aires.

La Posta Hostel in Ushuaia
Backpacking travelers who are tired of bunk beds will love having their own single bed in the dorm rooms at La Posta. Couples, families, and those searching for a bit more privacy can choose from a double room or quadruple room, which come with lock boxes for safe storage. Guests can expect personal advice and guidance from the caring owners and staff, plus a delicious breakfast they’ll be raving about long after their checkout. Onsite parking is a major convenience for travelers who are renting a car.


Garden Stone Hostel in Puerto Iguazu
Located just a 10-minute walk away from the bus station that takes you to the Iguazu Falls is one of the greatest attractions to this simple hostel. Both shared and private rooms are available, plus breakfast is included. The property’s lush gardens and pool are what really make it special. Oh, and they conveniently sell cold water and beer at reception–something any traveler will appreciate after a long day of hiking.

Greenhouse Hostel in San Carlos de Bariloche
The rooms are clean and have lots of amenities, but the real reason this hostel is a favorite among travelers is the attentive service given by the owners. They are happy to offer advice, give you directions, and ensure you have a fantastic visit to the mesmerizing Bariloche area. The hostel is just steps from the lake, and near other area attractions as well. The sparkling clean kitchen looks like it belongs in someone’s home, not in a hostel, making it all the more inviting for self-catering guests.

If you’re planning a visit to Argentina, now’s the time to take some Spanish lessons. Whether you already have a good foundation or are new to the language, you’ll be glad you brushed up on your skills before making the trip! Contact us to learn more about the language instruction options available in your area.